Holiday beer report: Surfing Big Wave Golden Ale on a Longboard (lager)

The boozeho is in Hawaii and making the most of the local produce. Two natives that immediately stood out were from the Kona Brewing Company – the Longboard Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale. These beers make an appearance in every ABC Store on the island. First off, the artwork on these bottles are amazing – surfboards, waves and sunsets – these labels SCREAM HAWAII!  And, what’s on … Continue reading Holiday beer report: Surfing Big Wave Golden Ale on a Longboard (lager)

This one’s for the ladies: 16 Tun Beer masterclass

The crew at 16 Tun are offering a new beer tasting masterclass just for the ladies. They invited me (the Booze Ho) down to try it out, and the lovely ladies from Mata Beer were also up from Kawerau showcasing two of their babies personally. I had to go. The team had invited lots of professional food and drink media type people which made me feel kind of … Continue reading This one’s for the ladies: 16 Tun Beer masterclass

Beer review: 8 Wired Hippy Berliner

I was lucky to be invited to the launch of the 8 Wired ‘Hippy Berliner’ launch which was pretty nice.  I’m a tardy blogger, but my passion for consuming beer is indefagitable. It was held at 16 Tun which again, due to general laziness, I had not yet been to. I went along with high hopes, not really sure what to expect. There was a … Continue reading Beer review: 8 Wired Hippy Berliner

Beer review: Going Japanese with Haru Orchard Ale

This fine beverage is the result of a collaboration between local Auckland brewery Hallertau and Baird Beer of Japan to create a special brew to celebrate MASU restaurant’s first birthday. Getting straight to the point this is a wheat beer, quite floral with citrus notes, grapefruit zest. Smells like Hoegaarden, it’s fresh, you get hints of grapefruit, it’s a little bit of spicy, flavourful, but … Continue reading Beer review: Going Japanese with Haru Orchard Ale

Holiday beer review: Queenstown Brewers

While in the supermarket in Queenstown (New World to be exact) I spied these. Given I was playing tourist and checking out the craft beer isle – which I have to say was pretty good – it felt appropriate to review the local, so I picked out a trio from the range. The bottles were around $5 each, pretty reasonable. Tasted these with my friend … Continue reading Holiday beer review: Queenstown Brewers

Ultimate Hop Head beer: Hoptimum Imperial IPA

This was a gift from a brewer friend who went to Coachella. He reported on the wonderful array of craft beer available in the States, and bought back this beauty from California. I had a party on the weekend so I hid it from scavengers, then forgot about it for a few weeks.  One night I came home drunk and remembered it, the current issue … Continue reading Ultimate Hop Head beer: Hoptimum Imperial IPA